On A Day Set Aside To Be Thankful

by Sherry Riter in Family,Holiday

What exactly does “thankful” mean?

: glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.
: of, relating to, or expressing thanks

Today is set aside as a day for being thankful. It is celebrated by eating good food with family and friends.

This is my second grain free Thanksgiving Day and I’m not eating anything weird. It was really important that I had the feeling of normal food because I don’t want to feel deprived.

Let me show you what I’ve been cooking…

Turkey with gravy forthcoming.

thanksgiving cooked turkey

Homemade cranberry sauce that was super easy to cook.

thanksgiving homemade cranberry sauce 2

It is also very delicious. I couldn’t resist taking a couple bites.

thanksgiving homemade cranberry sauce

I baked some acorn squash as the first ingredient for my grain free, breadless stuffing. I’m not so sure how this is going to turn out because I’ve never tried it, but I will soon find out!

thanksgiving acorn squash

I scooped out the seeds and pulp from the acorn squash.

thanksgiving acorn squash seeds

Then I spread the seeds out to dry. I’m going to bake them so that they will get crunchy and become nutty tasting.

thanksgiving acorn squash seeds 2

I also cooked a big pot of turnips. Yum. Country style turnips are delicious.

thanksgiving cooked country turnips

The meal wouldn’t be complete without sweet potatoes.

thanksgiving sweet potatoes baked

So I popped the sweet potatoes in the oven to bake.

thanksgiving sweet potatoes oven baked

I will make the creamed red potatoes right before it is time to eat the meal. That way they will be hot, hot, hot and fresh. I could seriously make a meal out of just potatoes.

thanksgiving red potatoes creamed

Since I don’t drink alcoholic beverages and usually only drink water, I thought sparkling apple and sparkling pear juice would be a nice touch to the meal.

thanksgiving organic sparkling apple pear juice

Looks yummy, doesn’t it?

So what am I thankful for on this day? I will name a few things…

I live in a free country.
I’m healthy.
My daughter is healthy.
My family will eat together on Thanksgiving.
I had food to cook and eat for the special meal.
My home is warm, clean and comfortable.
I conquered PTSD and got my brain back.
I have a car that is clean, full of gas and runs well.
I know how to read and write.
Many people all over the world give me encouragement.
I still have hope that I can make it through the hard times of my life.

There’s my list today.

I’m very thankful for many, many things. I hope you will reflect on your life and that you also feel thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Kristi November 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

Yum. Looks good. I’ve been reflecting a lot on thankfulness lately. The Lord continues to remind me to be thankful in ALL circumstances. I may not like the way our country is headed. I may not enjoy my present marital status or job pressures. But, I can still be grateful for what I do have. So this Thanksgiving I am trying to focus on the many, many positives in my life. Thanks for the reminder. Hope you have a blessed holiday.


2 Sherry Riter November 28, 2013 at 11:20 am

Thank you Kristi. I think we are both on the same track this Thanksgiving. {{{hugsss}}}


3 PJ November 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

Hey Kiddo! Among many other things, I am thankful for you coming into my life. You and Alyssa have been a true blessing.

God Bless,



4 Sherry Riter November 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

Thank you PJ and I’m also thankful for you. {{{hugssss}}}


5 Jerel Gall November 29, 2013 at 9:01 am

I am thankful for the wonderful dialogue I get to have with someone I now consider a friend. I am very thankful to be working. I am thankful for my family that I keep in touch with and see with some regularity.


6 Sherry Riter December 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment Jerel.


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